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Old 12-19-10, 01:07 AM   #1
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GT Aggressor 1.0 or Schwinn Frontier Expert?

Hi everybody.....i'm all new to this sport , and looking forward to buy a bike.
After a lot of search i narrowed my choice to GT Aggressor 1.0 and Schwinn Frontier Expert as both of them are good value for money!!
Please help me.....

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Old 12-19-10, 10:58 AM   #2
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After a quick look into these bikes, Ill say the Aggressor has a very slightly higher end component spec. The Shifters however are one step lower than the shifters on the Frontier but everything else is a step above.

My suggestion would be the Aggressor. Id also say check into the Avalanche 3.0 Disc as these can be had for cheap at Performance Bike. It has a better frame and components all around. I have built and ridden both of these bikes and will say the Avalanche is a better quality bike all around. I work in a Performance Bike and as much as I dislike that shop, they do good things. Find a local one, ride the Aggressor and the Avalanche and choose from there. If you are not satisfied with one after purchase, they will take it back and exchange it for the other bike you were interested in.
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Hi there thanx for the reply.
I'm situated in India and GT is yet to launch the Avalanche here....that option is closed for me.
Actually i took ride of both GT as well as Schwinn today
The schwinn felt lighter and the shocks were softer but the control of GT is better with better shifting
Also the question arises-
Which frame is better if considering....if i make modifications?
Also the front suspension of GT is a bit rigid as i mentioned earlier....so is it good for medium trail rides?
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I would say the GT has a slightly better material but I think the difference would be negligible.

The stiffer fork is not necessarily for medium trail riders. It is more about your riding style and weight.

In the end, id say the Gt is a batter bike for the money.
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Okk....i'll take that advice......and i'm 6ft and 160 lbs with an average built.
Should i also consider Trek 3700, it comes in the same price-range but its without discs and 21 speed....

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V brakes are still really good brakes but do not have the "all weather" stopping power of discs. Once the rims become wet, the braking power is reduced.

I will check out the Trek and compare it to the others later today. I have to get to work right now so I dont have the time to compare.
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Oh that would be great! You are such a help to me!
Will look forward to your advice
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Ok, According to Trek USA, the 3700 only comes with disc brakes. The 3500 has V-brakes. Looking at the specs of both the 3700 and the 3500, I would still say the Aggressor is a better equipped bike for the money.

The Aggressor is also an 8sp bike compared to the 7sp 3500 and 3700. The crank on the Trek is better but I would not use that as a deciding factor in this purchase.

End the end, the GT Aggressor is a better bike overall.

Glad I can be of service. If you have any more questions, dont hesitate to ask.
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Can u tell me a GT dealer in Colorado Springs, actually my father will be in Colorado Springs in a day, so can tell him to visit.
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Do you live in the Springs or is your dad just going there to pick up a bike? Ask me about the Gary Fisher Tassajara that I picked up off Craigslist for crazy cheap, but ended up not liking because Fisher's Genesis geometry was just plain weird. Or the Specialized Safire that was everything I wanted on paper, but fit me like crap and felt awkward as all hell to ride (that time I learned and didn't buy it). The Front Range has a million bike shops that are more than happy to let you test ride their bikes. Take advantage! The best bike is the one that fits you perfectly and rides great, not the one that looks the best on paper.
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As i've mentioned earlier, i rode the bike i'm considering.
I'm from India and my father is in US for some work
Now thing is that if i get a better deal there i might think importing.
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Or the Specialized Safire that was everything I wanted on paper, but fit me like crap and felt awkward as all hell to ride (that time I learned and didn't buy it).
Unless you are a female or build with the same proportions as a woman, i.e. longer legs, shorter torso, this bike would not fit you properly as the Safire is a WSD bicycle.

As for the GF, I cant say I know anything about them. Not a big fan of Trek,GF after having sold them for awhile in my previous bike shop.


OP: If your dad is in the springs, tell him to open up a phone book. We have close to 15 bikes shops or something crazy like that. Tell him to try Bicycle Village for the Trek, Performance Bicycle for the GT, and Pro Cycling if there are any Specialized's you might be interested. The rest of the shops here are smaller and cant do the same pricing as the larger shops I mentioned above.
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Unless you are a female or build with the same proportions as a woman, i.e. longer legs, shorter torso, this bike would not fit you properly as the Safire is a WSD bicycle.
I'm a girl.
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Yup thanks, i'll ask my dad to do so.
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Well good to know. I am just starting to frequent the MTB forums so I dont know everyone here just yet. Sorry the Safire didnt work out for ya. In my opinion, Specialized makes a really good bike. Hope whatever you have now fits great and is working just as good.

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Glad I could help you. Hope you find the bike your looking for.
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My recommendation is try to swing the extra money and buy a 9 speed bike. You'll appreciate the extra gearing to find a more comfortable riding speed and cadence each time.
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Well good to know. I am just starting to frequent the MTB forums so I dont know everyone here just yet. Sorry the Safire didnt work out for ya. In my opinion, Specialized makes a really good bike. Hope whatever you have now fits great and is working just as good.
The Safire was a cool bike. On paper, it was perfect for what I wanted, and it was on sale too. Riding it was fine as long as both wheels were on the ground, but as soon as I wheelied or jumped the bike, it just felt awkward. This was outside the bike shop too, so it was inches of curb air...God only know what it would have been like with actual jumps. This is despite the fact that I ride a Specialized's women's road bike, so it's not like my proportions don't work with any Specialized WSD bikes. I ended up with an AS-R, so no big loss. I compromised a little on the travel, but when I sat on that bike, it just felt like an extension of my body, and honestly, I'm happy with the purchase. But I guess the moral of the story is when the bike is perfect, you know as soon as you sit on the bike.
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My recommendation is try to swing the extra money and buy a 9 speed bike. You'll appreciate the extra gearing to find a more comfortable riding speed and cadence each time.
Very good recommendation. I would suggest this as well but I think the 8sp bike will be plenty for him right now and the option to upgrade down the road is always there. Just a cassette, shifter, and a chain and he will have a 9sp.

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The Safire was a cool bike. On paper, it was perfect for what I wanted, and it was on sale too. Riding it was fine as long as both wheels were on the ground, but as soon as I wheelied or jumped the bike, it just felt awkward. This was outside the bike shop too, so it was inches of curb air...God only know what it would have been like with actual jumps. This is despite the fact that I ride a Specialized's women's road bike, so it's not like my proportions don't work with any Specialized WSD bikes. I ended up with an AS-R, so no big loss. I compromised a little on the travel, but when I sat on that bike, it just felt like an extension of my body, and honestly, I'm happy with the purchase. But I guess the moral of the story is when the bike is perfect, you know as soon as you sit on the bike.
Well the AS-R is no downgrade. Glad you are liking the bike. I sold Yeti for awhile and rode both the AS-R and the 575. They were both nice bikes. I was into only downhill at the time and already had a way to expensive Demo 8 so I wasnt even going to spend for a 303. Thought about it but just could not bring myself to do it.
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